KIMBERLEY Institute Cricket Club has won a grant from the Cricket Foundation which will enable them to invest in a non-turf pitch to be laid at Nuthall’s Basil Russell Recreation Ground in September.
The grant, worth £5,000, was awarded in recognition of the club’s involvement in the ‘Chance to Shine’ initiative promoted by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
The total cost of the non-turf pitch project is £7,500 and local councillors Philip Owen and Ken Rigby have stepped up to the plate and provided £500 from their County Council divisional fund.
Club members have helped too, and as a result the daunting prospect of raising funds has quickly been achieved.
Club secretary Jim Dymond said: “This is a long term investment in helping the youth of the area to participate in a wonderful sport.
“We are grateful to Cllr Owen and Cllr Rigby for supporting the venture which will give young cricketers a chance to shine.”
The new non-turf pitch provides an artificial surface which is long-lasting, weather-proof and provides little preparation or maintenance.